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DSW Capital PLC
02 April 2024


2 April 2024


("DSW Capital", "DSW" or the "Group" or the "Company")



Appointment of COO and Interim CFO


DSW Capital, a profitable, mid-market, challenger professional services licence network and owner of the Dow Schofield Watts brand, is pleased to announce that it has today appointed Peter Fendall ("Pete") to the Board as Chief Operating Officer.


Pete joined DSW Capital in September 2021 to help facilitate the IPO and is currently the Business Development & Operations Director and Company Secretary. He has led several initiatives to enhance the Group's unique licensee platform model and actively engages with licensees to help them identify ways in which DSW can add value and support their growth ambitions. His most recent projects include the development of the Group's ESG strategy and recruiting new teams and individuals into the DSW Network.


Pete will continue to oversee IT, Recruitment, Facilities Management, Compliance and People Development in his new role as COO, whilst also supporting on Marketing, Investor Relations and stakeholder engagement.


The Board is also pleased to announce that Pete will be appointed to the role of Interim CFO on 17 May 2024, when Nicole Burstow, Deputy CEO and CFO, leaves the business. Pete qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in 2017, and spent eight years at Deloitte in their NW Audit team, working on large and complex audit engagements. He was also an active member of the Deloitte NW Assurance team, delivering Accounting Advisory and Reporting Accountant projects.



James Dow, Chief Executive Officer said:


"Pete has been a key member of the senior management team since IPO, working closely with the directors to grow and expand the DSW Network. I am delighted to formally welcome him to the Board, as COO. He has already demonstrated the significant people and operational skills needed to fulfil this role and I am confident he will add even more value in his new areas of responsibility.


"I am also delighted to announce his future appointment as Interim CFO, having been heavily involved in the finance function since he joined.  By stepping into this role, Pete will ensure stability and consistency in the finance team, while we conclude a board structure review and the recruitment process to find Nicole's replacement."


Further information relating to Peter James Fendall Amaro


The following information regarding the appointment of Peter James Fendall Amaro, aged 32, is disclosed under Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies:


Current directorships and/or partnerships:

·  None


Former directorships and/or partnerships (within the last five years):

·  None


There is no further information to be disclosed in relation to the director appointment pursuant to Rule 17 and Schedule 2, paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules.


This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR") and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.




DSW Capital

James Dow, Chief Executive Officer

Nicole Burstow, Deputy CEO




Tel: +44 (0) 1928 378 029

Tel: +44 (0) 1928 378 039

Shore Capital (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

James Thomas / Mark Percy / Rachel Goldstein

Guy Wiehahn / Isobel Jones (Corporate Broking)



Tel: +44 (0)20 7408 4090

Belvedere Communications

Cat Valentine

Keeley Clarke


Tel: +44 (0) 7715 769 078

Tel: +44 (0) 7967 816 525


Notes to Editors  


About DSW Capital


DSW Capital, owner of the Dow Schofield Watts brand, is a profitable, mid-market, challenger professional services network with a cash generative business model and scalable platform for growth. Originally established in 2002, by three KPMG alumni, DSW is one of the first platform models disrupting the traditional model of accounting professional services firms. DSW operates licensing arrangements with 25 licensee businesses with 107 fee earners, twelve offices across the UK. These trade primarily under the Dow Schofield Watts brand.


DSW's vision is for the DSW Network to become the most sought-after destination for ambitious, entrepreneurial professionals to start and develop their own businesses. Through a licensing model, DSW gives professionals the autonomy and flexibility to fulfil their potential. Being part of the DSW Network brings support benefits in recruitment, funding and infrastructure. DSW's challenger model attracts experienced, senior professionals, predominantly with a "Big 4" accounting firm background, who want to launch their own businesses and recognise the value of the Dow Schofield Watts brand and the synergies which come from being part of the DSW Network.


DSW aims to scale its agile model through organic growth, geographical expansion, additional service lines and investing in "Break Outs" (existing teams in larger firms). The Directors are targeting high margin, complementary, niche service lines with a strong synergistic fit with the existing DSW Network.


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